McGuinness airport visit

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with City of Derry Airport Operations Ltd Chairman Roy Devine, left, Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion and Clive Coleman, Contracts Director, Regional and City Airports. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 03.06.15
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with City of Derry Airport Operations Ltd Chairman Roy Devine, left, Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion and Clive Coleman, Contracts Director, Regional and City Airports. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 03.06.15
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Martin McGuinness with l-r Roy Devine, Mayor Elisha McCallion and Clive Coleman, Contracts Director.

Mr McGuinness this week met with the Airport Board and inspected the recent infrastructure improvements as well as learning of the airport’s strategic positioning for the future during his visit.

Speaking at the airport, Mr McGuinness said: “The retention and expansion of the City of Derry Airport is an important element of our infrastructure development for the North West. This airport provides important connectivity and connections which is greatly valued by local people, tourists and businesses.

“The City of Derry Airport makes the North West more accessible and is a great asset when trying to attract potential investors. Direct air links are of considerable tourism value as they enable people to fly directly into Derry and visit not just the city but the wider North West.”

Mr McGuinness assured the team at the airport of his continued support “as they continue to make a massive economic and social contribution to the North West”.

Roy Devine, Chairman of City of Derry Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Deputy First Minister, Mr McGuinness, to the airport today and for his ongoing support towards the future development of this vital piece of transport infrastructure..

“As Deputy First Minister, Mr McGuinness recognises the huge economic and social importance of CoDA to the local community and entire North West region.

“CoDA is a regional gateway, having handled in excess of 350,000 passengers in its most recent financial year, with an economic benefit of £7 million for the local economy, again highlighting the significant benefit of the airport

“ We thank Mr McGuinness for his time today and look forward to his future assistance as we move forward with the development of CoDA”.